Here's why it was no coincidence Meghan Markle wore that red dress

(Image credit: 2020 Karwai Tang)

This week, Harry and Meghan have returned to the UK to take part in their final royal engagements before officially leaving the family, and ever the diplomat, the Duchess of Sussex has taken the opportunity to champion local designers.

She wore a Victoria Beckham dress for her first official appearance, and then a necklace by a British designer, which held a special meaning.

Finally for one of her final outings this weekend, she chose a red caped Safiyaa gown, paired with a Manolo Blahnik clutch bag. Prince Harry and his wife were attending the Mountbatten Festival of Music, and for the occasion Harry wore his red Captain General of the Royal Marines uniform.

It's thought that the Duchess purposefully matched him to show her support, especially as the event is for a cause close to her husband's heart.

(Image credit: 2020 Karwai Tang)

During the evening, the Royal Marines showcased their musical talents at the Royal Albert Hall, with all proceeds went to The Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent.

The couple are said to want to focus on helping veterans when they officially step down from royal duties later this month.

Incidentally, the Duchess has worn this designer before, in fact sporting the same dress in a turquoise hue when she was still pregnant with baby Archie.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.